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Materials Recycling World
1 July 2005

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  • Comment: Get locals involved in planning decisions

    The Big Recycle campaign this week is again trying to encourage further recycling among the public around the country. While the premise for this campaign is to recycle more stuff, more often, it would also be useful to get the debate widened to discuss the need to build more facilities at a local level. The recycling message has moved up the agenda with more coverage on local and national radio and television, as well as in the print media. But as more waste strategies are developed the
  • Corus finds benefits in Big Recycle

    A survey by Corus and Asda has found that kerbside collection is the most popular method of encouraging recycling. The steel giant and the supermarket chain surveyed people in towns close to four of Corus' reprocessing sites in Middlesborough, Rotherham, Scunthorpe and Swansea as part of the celebrations of the Big Recycle, held last week. When asked what method of recycling steel would be most convenient and what would encourage more people to recycle, 41% said a kerbsi
  • Feature: Been through the mill

    With two feasibility studies for the development of zinc recycling plants on the go in the US and Turkey, it has been a busy 12 months for ZincOx. For some time, the company has been investigating the best way to treat waste produced from the recycling of steel scrap. In November 2004, ZincOx finished a pre-feasibility study for the Aliaga Recycling Project (ARP) to investigate the development of a plant to extract zinc from electric arc furnace dust (EAFD). Most steel scrap is ga
  • Feature: Consumption rises by double digits

    Double-digit percentage increases in consumption were recorded by all but one class of recovered paper in April this year. There was even a slender upturn in UK paper and board production at the start of the second quarter although, after four months, the running total for 2005 was lower than that of last year. The largest proportional jump in consumption was recorded by the Class I mixed grades: UK mills consumed some 28,850 tonnes in April this year, 17.3% more than in the corresponding
  • Feature: The great outdoors

    The outdoor area comprises an impressive exhibition area for vehicles, plant and equipment, together with the Live Outdoor Demonstration Area and Live Outdoor Waste Demonstration Area, where visitors can see vehicles and processing equipment up close and in action. This year visitors can see a variety of demonstrations such as car baling by Wright Engineers, which will be using the Pegasus Car Baler and the Sierra SLK 505 car baler (with sheering facility), to compress car shells into bal
  • Feature: UK shows price decline while Asian prices are static

    The UK price of old KLS was trimmed back in June despite persistently healthy orders from Asia. In line with movements in mainland Europe, two of the leading domestic mills cut the headline price from £50 to £45 per tonne towards the start of last month, and others followed suit during the course of the following week. The move was greeted with little surprise in the UK recovered paper sector, although several players described this as "a very dangerous strategy" given that Eu
  • Ford trials new recycled filtration material

    Ford has been using recycled glass in a trial as an alternative to traditional sand filters at its manufacturing estate in Dagenham, Essex. The car making company has found that using a highly processed glass filtration media known as Active Filtration Media (AFM) has given it lifecycle cost savings and performance benefits. Results from the trial, part funded by the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) and Dryden Aqua who developed AFM, showed no fall in filtrati
  • Government compost U-turn

    The Government has performed a sensational u-turn on charging communities that produce their own compost after it received complaints that the charge would damage green waste recycling levels. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) was meant to be announcing that as of July 1, anyone composting more than five tonnes at any one time would have to pay over £200 for an exemption, which had up until then been free. However, while all other changes to the wast
  • Government delaying urgently needed waste facility, says industry

    Industry figures have expressed their dismay that the Government has reopened the planning inquiry into a £100 million energy-from-waste plant in London. Based in the London Borough of Bexley, the Belvedere plant will take waste from nine London boroughs and was given approval by the planning inspector at the start of the year (
  • Metal merchant goes mad at auction

    Southampton scrap metal dealer James Huntley's passion for his work got the better of him at a number plate auction when he paid a whopping £60,000 for "SCR4P". Already the owner of "MET4L", Huntley had is heart set on owning the pair but had set a price limit of £20,000. Bidding over the phone, he knew the auction held in Crewe would generate industry interest, but he hadn't quite anticipated the tenacity of the other scrap metal bidders. As his £20,000 threshol
  • Metals Forum meets with minister to agree priorities

    A body that represents the ferrous and non-ferrous metals industry has met with newly appointed industry and regions minister Alum Michael to agree medium-term priorities for a successfully competitive UK metals industry. Metals Forum chairman Derek Tordoff said that the outcome was a meeting of minds on key policy issues that concern industry and government. He added: "We discussed issues such as energy prices, the European Union's Registration, Evaluation and authorisa
  • News Analysis: Will a carrier bag tax reduce landfill and would it be environmentally friendly?

    Last week Scottish MSP Mike Pringle put forward a bill to introduce a 10p tax for plastic carrier bags. The aim of Pringle's bill was to make members of the public think twice before taking the disposable bags from shops and thereby cut the amount of waste going to landfill. If the Scottish Executive does pass the bill, its progress and results will be watched very closely by the governments in England and Wales, both of which have funded research into ways of getting shoppers to take
  • Oil alchemists turn plastic into black gold

    Drilling for oil in unspoiled Alaska, destroying its wildlife and precious ecosystems, may be totally unnecessary thanks to recycled plastic bottles, say USA researchers. Oil company Chevron and the University of Kentucky say that they can create plastic oil from drinks bottles, detailing the technical methods in a pilot study published by American Chemical Society's journal Energy & Fuels . Chevron and Kentucky scientists converted waste plastic into lubricating oil
  • Packaging recycling rockets

    The proportion of packaging waste recycled in the UK has rocketed during the last two years. A survey of local authorities has shown that in 2004 UK business recycled 66% of its 5.6 million tonnes of packaging waste, a massive rise from the paltry 7% recycled in 2002. UK households, meanwhile, recycled around a third of all their packaging in 2004, an increase from around a quarter in 2002. Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Environment Quality Minister Ben Bra
  • Permission sought for new Bristol recycling park

    A multi-million pound recycling park is on the cards for Bristol. Regeneration company St Mowden Properties has submitted an outline planning application to Bristol City Council for industrial/distribution purposes that would enable the company to create what it call a recycling ecopark on 55 acres of land. The site would be the former Britannia Zinc site in Avonmouth. St Modwen senior development manager Rob Skelston said: "The intention is to develop a recyc
  • Sims invites independent ATFs into new network

    Independent Authorised Treatment Facilities (ATF) that have not signed contracts with car manufacturers are being invited by Sims Group to join a network of depollution facilities. Sims is guaranteeing to assist those facilities that join in meeting vehicle recycling targets more easily and cost effectively. The End-of-Life Vehicles regulations makes manufacturers and un-contracted ATFs responsible for achieving a reuse, recycling and recovery target of 85%, by weight, b
  • Sims to merge with American recycler

    Sims Group is to merge with US recycler Hugo Neu to create the largest metal recycler in the world. The formation of the new company, to be known as Sims Newco, is part of Sims' strategy to grow its core metal recycling division through acquisition. Sims Group chief executive Jeremy Sutcliffe said: "The cornerstone of our corporate goal has been to continue expanding Sims Group's core metal recycling business internationally, provided strict acquisition criteria are met.
  • The Olympian and the politician launch recycling crusade

    "The Big Recycle is all about letting people know what, where and how to recycle, so they can see for themselves how easy it is," said Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) chief executive officer Jennie Price. Where better then, than a busy household recycling centre to launch the national campaign? Among residents dropping off their garden waste, lumps of wood and old radiator
  • The Recycling Champion

    Matthew Pinsent is a man on a mission. Rowing at the crack of dawn, altitude training and eating a truckload of pasta may have been what the four times Olympic gold medallist was used to before major competitions, but since dropping his oars Pinsent has taken on an equally gargantuan challenge - to get England recycling more. "At the moment the stats aren't very impressive," said Pinsent of England on average recycling just 17.7% of its household waste. He added: "I live in Hammer
  • Trade waste targeted by LGA

    Local authorities were this week targeting the business world to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill. A consultation launched by the Local Government Association (LGA) states that councils and businesses must work closely together to improve waste management in their areas. LGA Environment Board chairman David Sparks said: "Household waste makes up only 7% of all waste. "Huge tonnages of resources are used, and waste produced in trade, industry and agriculture. "We ho
  • Yr ailgylchu mawr

    Olympic legend Tanni Grey Thompson set the Welsh Big Recycle campaign, Yr ailgylchu mawr, off to a winning start last week. The eleven times paralympic gold medallist said: "It's never been easier to recycle. "All it takes is a little effort and, by making the process part of your daily routine, you can do your bit to preserve the beauty of Wales for future generations to enjoy." In Wales, the Big Recycle/yr ailgylchu mawr will tie into the existing Recycle for Wales/ailgylchu dro

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